‘How booze saved my life’

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 14 April 2015 | 20.01

Eve Addison discovered she had Hodgkin's lymphoma after the tissue around her collarbone swelled up after a night out. Source: Picture Media

A BRAVE young woman has told how alcohol saved her life from a deadly strain of cancer.

Eve Addison, 24, from England, discovered she had Hodgkin's lymphoma after the tissue around her collarbone swelled up after a few nights on the town in September 2013.

The marketing manager initially thought she must be allergic to certain brands of gin and tonic, so she switched to others with no success.

Eve before her diagnosis. Source: Picture Media

By December, Eve had developed other symptoms and was given creams and anti-inflammatory drugs to deal with chest pain, night sweats and an all-over body rash.

She was handed the devastating news that the lumps were actually cancerous tumours in January last year, but has incredibly now been given the all clear.

"I suppose that, looking back, booze did save my life," Eve says.

A hospital selfie. Source: Picture Media

"I had been feeling unwell for a while and every time I went out, I'd come back with swelling and pain.

"I just thought nothing of it and when I went to the GP, I was told that there was nothing to worry about. When the doctor says 'don't worry, you're going to be just fine', you believe them, don't you?"

Eve was diagnosed with cancer at Royal Liverpool Hospital and underwent a gruelling six-month course of chemotherapy to rid herself of the disease. She was left drained by the treatment and battled septicaemia and a blood clot as well as losing muscle strength.

Eve after her last round of chemotherapy. Source: Picture Media

She also froze her eggs just in case the treatment rendered her infertile.

"I was diagnosed then started chemo almost instantly and then it was my first day at my new job just days afterwards — I'm a tough cookie," Eve says.

"I lost a lot of muscle and I was so drained all the time. I was too tired and in so much pain that I could barely stand up.

"Even though I was only 23, I felt like I had the body of a 90-year-old."

Eve is now cancer-free. Source: Picture Media

Eve was rewarded for her courage when she was handed the all-clear last September. She shared the moment she found she was cancer-free with dad David, 63, and mum Sharon, 54.

It was a double celebration for Eve when sister Amy, 26, gave birth to baby son Luke six days after the all-clear. She now wants to run the Race for Life in her hometown of Ainsdale, Merseyside, in July.

But despite the harrowing experience, Eve insists she has learnt a lot about herself through fighting cancer.

Eve back at work at property firm X1 Lettings. Source: Picture Media

"It's indescribable how happy I was to get the all-clear — I've never felt happiness like it," she says.

"And my mum was the happiest person in the room when I heard the news. All of my family were so proud of me for getting through it.

"I have such a better perspective in life from beating cancer. The lessons I learnt from it have made me much more appreciative of what I have in life and I feel like I'm oddly lucky."

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